Self-employment in the UK looks set to hit a record high this month, prompting PCG to search for Britain’s brightest independent business minds.

The representative body for independent professionals have today launched the 15 for 15 competition, which is looking for enterprising individuals from across the country who have big ideas for 2015.

Louis Clark, spokesperson for the competition said:

“Every day, right across Britain, enterprising individuals are starting businesses alone, without the help of millionaire backers or Government grants. Not only does 15 for 15 aim to give the best of these great business minds a helping hand, we also want to hold them up as shining examples to anyone else who is considering self-employment.

“This competition isn’t just open to ‘dragon’s den’ style entrepreneurs, we want everyone from web designers and architects through to carpenters and artisan bakers to get involved and tell us why they’re Britain’s best one-person business.”

All fifteen finalists will be guests of honour at an awards ceremony in East London’s Tech City on 19th November and will then be set up with access to business support, financial advice and tech worth thousands of pounds to help drive their business ambitions further in the coming year.

The winner will also receive £5,000.

The competition aims to demonstrate the accelerated growth of the self-employed sector and the wide variety of ages, professions and geographical locations of those choosing to strike out on their own.

Louis Clark continued:

“The latest statistics show that two of the biggest growth areas are mothers starting their own businesses from home and young people taking to self-employment straight out of University. It is our goal to have fifteen finalists take to the stage in November who truly represent the wonderful diversity of modern self-employment.”

If you think you are one of Britain’s best self-employed professionals, enter the competition at www.15.org.uk.

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